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Vernon broke 29-year-old high temperature record this week

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February 24, 2021 - 5:06 PM

The mercury rose high enough in Vernon earlier this week to break a temperature record that was set in the 1990s.

On Monday, Feb. 22, Vernon broke its old record of 11 Celsius set in 1992 by reaching a daytime high of 11.3 C, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist. The weather records go back roughly 100 years.

"After that cold period we returned to warmer than average (temperatures)... right now the air is originating aloft of us down from Hawaii," Lundquist said. "We call that a subtropical feed, so generally it's a pretty warm air mass."

Temperature records were also broken Sunday in Salmon Arm and Clinton. Clinton’s daytime high temperature of 6.7 C, Feb. 21, snapped the previous high temperature record of 6.5 C, which was set in 1988. Salmon Arm recorded a high of 11.8 C the same day, which beat the previous high of 10.5 C set in 1978.

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Kamloops and the Okanagan are into a warming pattern for the rest of the week with the forecast calling for highs around 10 C by Sunday.

As well, Lundquist expects to see near average temperatures for the start of spring.

In March and April, temperatures rise more than any other time of the year, he said.

"Spring is that period of rapid warmup, even if we're just average, it's going to feel pretty good."

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